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UNCONVINCED: WE THE PEOPLE WANT AN EXIT STRATEGY IN IRAQ

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George W. Bush, pressured by Congress, decided to grace us, his no longer loyal subjects, with a speech about the war in Iraq. The pressure from Congress was to come up with an exit strategy from the war in Iraq, a plan to bring home the young men and women who are the sons and daughters, the mothers and fathers, the brothers and sisters, the aunts and uncles of families in the United States. Instead of an exit strategy, this president, still in total denial about the folly of entering into this tragic war, gave us a plan, sketchy at best, for winning the "war " in Iraq. It is difficult to know what to attribute such arrogance to --delusional thinking, a grave underestimation of the intelligence of the American people, a belief in his own toddler- like omnipotence, stubbornness, willful manipulation and deceit of the American people, or possibly that George W. Bush himself is being misled and manipulated by the people he has chosen to surround himself with.

Another possible reason for believing that the war in Iraq is winnable is that George W. Bush may actually believe he has been singled out by the God of his understanding to stamp out evil in the world, to lead a Jihad against radical Islamic extremism. If that is so, he is feeding the hatred and resolve of this already hateful and resolute group. This president has stated clearly, "I am a war president --I make decisions with war on my mind ". This is a frightening revelation presented directly from the mouth of George W. Bush. This president is about power and control, death and destruction, winning at all cost --he is not a president of the people or for the people and is incapable of being that because he is devoid of humility. Pride goes before a fall and the polls keep falling Mr. Bush.

I recently returned from two weeks in New Orleans and witnessed first hand the suffering and heartbreak of the people along the Gulf Coast whose lives were wiped out by hurricanes and floods. Much of this area looks like a third world country. At times I found it hard to believe that I was in the United States of America. The Bush Administration pours billions of dollars into the "war " in Iraq each week while at the same time thousands of American families are homeless, without health care, without jobs, without hope. People are suffering --children are suffering --the future to them is bleak and uncertain. There is something so wrong with this picture. It clearly reflects the focus of the Bush administration --a focus on war, power, control, and domination. This is an old paradigm, one that no longer serves humanity, if it ever did.

You fail to hear the message of the polls Mr. Bush. The American people are no longer willing to pay for your war with the lives of their sons and daughters or with our hard earned dollars. The American people are a people of intelligence, generosity, and great strength and heart. We are also a people who can be collectively naive and misled --and therefore conned. The polls reflect that enough of us now see the deception to make a difference. The American people are on to you; we are not convinced by your shell game with words, nor are we amused by your no longer charming antics. Enough is enough --we, the people, want a plan for ending your war in Iraq.

©Megan Bronson

Megan Bronson is a mother, grandmother, nurse, psychotherapist and author who has grave concerns regarding the impact of the current administration 's decisions on future generations of children of not only this country but of the world. meganbronson@comcast.net

 

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